Changeling

pussy willow budsAnother challenge from the Cuyahoga County (Ohio, USA) library site for National Poetry Month was to write a poem that personifies the month of April without using any seasonal imagery and without using the words “April” or “spring.” I took the challenge and what I came up with follows. What do you think?

You’re probably familiar with the old adage, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” That may be true, but I have found April to be equally capricious. If I were to come up with a similar adage for that month I’d probably say, “April comes in like a brat and goes out like a seductress.” That’s the sentiment I was going for in the poem below.

 
Changeling

 
You
with the temperament of
a four year old,

throwing fits and not giving
a damn how loudly
you shriek or how many
doors you slam,

how is it you
turn that
around and suddenly
soften,

offering the gifts of sweet breath,
vibrant song,
the appetite quickening?

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